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Written by Kye Parsons

Man Arrested for Attacking Elderly Woman at Salisbury Walmart

Posted: Updated: Oct 19, 2010 10:57 AM EDT
James Russell Crockett James Russell Crockett

SALISBURY, Md.- Police have arrested a Delmar, Md. man accused of assaulting an elderly woman in the checkout line of the Walmart store located on North Salisbury Boulevard in Salisbury.

Salisbury police on Friday, Oct. 15, took 24-year-old James Russell Crockett into custody on an outstanding warrant charging him with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disturbing the peace, dangerous weapon with intent to injure and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting $100,000 bond.

According to police, Crockett was arrested in connection with an incident alleged to have occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 13. On that date, police responded to the emergency room of Peninsula Regional Medical Center where they met with a 70-year-old woman with health problems who stated that she had been assaulted in the checkout line of the Walmart.

Police said that while attempting to change checkout lines, the victim's shopping cart inadvertently bumped into the shopping cart of Crockett's wife. Police said that Crockett and his wife "became enraged," and shouted racial epithets at the victim. According to police, Crockett put the victim on her cart and rammed her into the conveyor belt four times before she fell from the cart and landed on the floor.

Court documents state that Crockett then bent over and flipped the victim's cart into the air so that it landed on top of her. The victim screamed and repeatedly begged anyone to "Please call the police, call an ambulance, or call security," according to court records. The court documents also stated that while the victim begged for help, both Crockett and his wife remained at the cash register and checked out the remainder of their groceries for approximately 15 minutes before leaving the store in their vehicle.

Police say an investigation led to Crockett being identified as the suspect and he was later taken into custody. The victim was taken to PRMC for treatment after the incident, according to investigators. Police did not indicate the condition of the victim.

Crockett's wife, Virginia Elizabeth Crockett, 22, was charged on a criminal summons with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

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